Chapter 1. Introduction

  1. Robert G. Foottit2 and
  2. Peter H. Adler3
  1. Peter H. Adler3 and
  2. Robert G. Foottit1,2

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch1

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

How to Cite

Adler, P. H. and Foottit, R. G. (2009) Introduction, in Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society (eds R. G. Foottit and P. H. Adler), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Environmental Health National Program (Biodiversity), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, K. W. Neatby Bldg., 960 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6, Canada

  2. 3

    Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Box 340315, 114 Long Hall, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0315, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian National Collection of Insects, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0C6, Canada

  2. 2

    Environmental Health National Program (Biodiversity), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, K. W. Neatby Bldg., 960 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6, Canada

  3. 3

    Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Box 340315, 114 Long Hall, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0315, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405151429

Online ISBN: 9781444308211

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Keywords:

  • biodiversity - big biology, ‘the variety of all forms of life’ and holistic view of life;
  • ordinal classification of Grimaldi and Engel for class Insecta;
  • biodiversity science - keeping in pace with changing face of planet;
  • World totals, living species in 29 orders of class Insecta;
  • word ‘biodiversity’ - subject to individual interpretation;
  • members of class Insecta - arranged in 29 orders;
  • concentration of insect species in tropical areas - Amazonian rainforest with 100,000 species of arthropods;
  • value of insects to humanity - enormous;
  • number of individual insects on earth at any given moment - calculated at one quintillion (1018)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Acknowledgments

  • References